I adored this book with every fiber of my slightly evil being. It is absolutely in my top ten for 2015. Just don’t tell your mom where you got the nod on this one, and we can all be happy, rebellious and empowered ladies.
Seventeen year old Maggie knows monsters, she kills them as an apprentice to her monster hunting mom. Maggie knows who she is, and it isn’t the hot vampire slayer in leather pants and high heel boots (so not sensible, plus that whole muffin top thing). However, she has no idea how she is going to conquer the one thing standing in the way of getting her own hunting license — losing her v card. Unapologetically crude, unforgettably empowering, unerringly witty — this is the book your mother warned you about, and the one your friends will be talking about. A mix between a good Stephanie Plum adventure and an early Anita Blake (before she got ALL freaky), I laughed out loud from cover to cover. Even the extremely crass humor and mature language couldn’t disguise positive messages about the bonds between family, the importance of personal acceptance, and the surprising things you find when you look past your prejudices. Wildly engaging and wildly innappropriate, The Awesome is a book I want to recommend to all my students, but, alas, it is never going to be approved for my classroom library. It might accidentally end up “abandoned” in the cafeteria with a little note that sends it on a fantastic forbidden journey a la Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.